Elementary Education Certification Pathway (P-5)
This program provides a tuition-free pathway, as well as academic support, to receive a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education to fulfill K-5 teaching positions in the state of Kentucky.
Information sessions will be held February 2024. Check back January 2024 for more information.
This program provides a tuition-free pathway, as well as academic support, to receive a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education to fulfill K-5 teaching positions in the state of Kentucky. Students participate in the Metropolitan College program for 3 ½ years working third shift at UPS and enroll in no more than 13 credit hours each fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students will work with an assigned UofL Academic Advisor to ensure course selection starting noon or after each day and courses that adhere to the course outline below. MC students will complete their 240 hours of field experience on Fridays, summers, and at the beginning and end of the fall and spring semesters when UofL is not in session. MC students will receive 100% tuition, $21/hour working part-time, and will earn bonuses and fee payments (up to $5250) that will be saved to pay for tuition in the last semester while student teaching which, combined with the 25% UofL tuition discount for the last semester, will pay full tuition for 12 credits.
In the last semester of the program, students will work at a JCPS school as an Instructional Assistant (Option 9-must meet employment eligibility) and earn 9 hours of student teaching credit. Student will also complete a 3-credit on-line capstone course. While working as an Instructional Assistant, student will:
- Instructional Assistant starting pay is $15.20/hr
- ECE and IECE receive an additional $1/hr and must complete training to receive it.
- If the position is in an Enhanced Support School (AIS or Choice Zone), they receive an additional $1/hr
- Positions are 187 days and subject to escrow.
- Employees under Option 9, once they are hired, do not receive benefits until the second month after full employment. To obtain healthcare insurance during the interim period, students can:
- Can apply for the UofL Primary Care Health Fee while not enrolled in a medical insurance policy. Since you will be enrolled in 12 credit hours, you can pay $150 during the last Spring semester which provides primary services at the Cardinal Station of Health Science Center offices of the Campus Health Services.
- Apply for Student Health insurance at the University of Louisville. Learn more at: Insurance — Campus Health Services (louisville.edu)
- If eligible, apply through your parent/guardian insurance plan.
- Future Hiring
- When they successfully graduate, they will be in a high priority hiring status as a new hire
- All JCTA transfer rules will be followed meaning sitting teachers wanting to transfer will get first rights to openings per the CBA.
- 12 Credits of UofL Tuition Paid by:
- A 25% grant-based tuition reduction for the last semester of undergraduate tuition at UofL.
- Apply for JCPS tuition assistance. It is not guaranteed, and distribution of funds depends on the number of eligible employees requesting benefit.
- Commonwealth Credit Union Savings Plan: The CCU savings plan option will require students in the program to make a $5-$30 a week direct deposit starting at the beginning of the program. Students will also save their MC semester bonuses and MC fee payments, into the Commonwealth Credit Union account. MC students are strongly encouraged to direct deposit as much as their budget will allow so that they can supplement their JCPS Instructional Assistant income, healthcare fees, and any outstanding tuition and fees during the last semester of the program.
- Commonwealth Credit Union Scholarship: As an incentive for the student to complete the Teaching Pathway Program through Metropolitan College, CCU will commit to providing up to $60,000 in scholarships. Students can apply for this scholarship their first year in the program (approximately $2,000 for 30 students). Those receiving the reward will receive the aid in the final semester of the program if program requirements are fulfilled.
Students in high school teaching pathways can complete 9 credit hours and 33 field hours before entering Metropolitan College. JCPS/Bullitt/Nelson/Oldham/Bardstown/Fayette/Spencer/Assumption Teaching Pathway fulfill the course requirements and field hours highlighted with an (*).
Students will work with an assigned UofL Academic Advisor to ensure course selection starting noon or after each day and courses that adhere to the 4-year course outline. MC students will complete their 200 hours of field experience on Fridays, summers, and at the beginning and end of the fall and spring semesters when UofL is not in session.
TIMELINE TO ENROLL
- STEP 1: Submit your information via the MC Elementary Education Certification Pathway Interest Form.
- STEP 2: Request confirmation that you meet the MC UofL academic-eligibility requirement.
To utilize MC benefits at the University of Louisville (UofL), you must meet the education requirements listed on our website.
- STEP 3: Apply to the University of Louisville no later than March 15. Attend UofL Orientaiton and register for classes. UofL courses will start by July 8th.
- STEP 4: Apply to UPS in an MC eligible work area beginning in March and no later than April. Request a UPS start date no later than July 8. If you have questions about the UPS hiring process, please email Audra Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 502-595-8396.
- STEP 5: Complete all steps listed on the MC Prospective Student Checklist to sign an agreement. If you have questions about Metropolitan College, contact Tiffani Thornton, MC Student Success Counselor, at (502) 213-2698 or email@example.com
If you are interested in enrolling in the Elementary Education Certification Pathway (P-5) complete the interest form located in the "Timeline To Enroll" section. If you have questions, contact Tiffani Thornton, MC Student Success Counselor, at (502) 213-2698 or firstname.lastname@example.org